Global Connections Employees Give the Gift of Life

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Every two seconds someone needs a blood transfusion. On Friday, April 15, 2016, Global Connections’ employees were able to help those in their community by donating blood right from the parking lot.

The American Red Cross blood donation bus pulled into the lot for appointments scheduled throughout the day. The blood drive was an overall success, with 17 people able to donate the gift of life.

“Blood drives are an inexpensive, organized way to save lives,” says Leslie C., Human Resources Administrator. “Global hosts multiple events annually. This was our first drive of 2016 and we’re on track to host two more worksite blood drives this year.”

Left to right: Kasey G. and Brian S. wait their turn while Leslie C. gives blood.

Left to right: Kasey G. and Brian S. wait their turn while Leslie C. gives blood.

 

Of those who donated blood, four were first time donors and Kasey G., Technology Services Help Desk Administrator, was a first time Global Connections donor.

“The last time I gave blood was 10 years ago in high school. The lady who helped me hit my vein on the first try which was fantastic,” he says. “The chairs in the bus were really comfortable, too.”

Leslie says hosting worksite blood drives boost employee morale, and can help some employees overcome their fear of needles. Plus, non-employees can sign up to give blood at the hosted drive.

“Global Connections hosts the drive but it’s open to the public. People can walk in and even schedule time online for our blood drive,” explains Leslie. “I like that it’s open. We got to meet some of our neighboring businesses employees. Yay for new friends!”

To date, Global Connections has hosted six donation drives. One pint of blood can save up to three lives. In just one day, Global staff potentially saved 51 lives. Not too shabby for a day’s work.

If your company would like to host a blood drive, find out how on the American Red Cross website.

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